BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.43

Art, Blotting Paper, Cats in Comics, Comics, Germania, Japanning May 8, 2015

Almost done! Completion of the art and text on pages of the fourth issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics has nearly reached the finishing line. After that all that will remain is the publishing production process of those pages. This includes the sequential stages of the pages being printed, collated, trimmed, covered and bound. Similar to the preceding three issues the present one has a total of 40 pages plus endpapers and covers. For this issue these covers will feature a wraparound print that includes the title. And being an artist book there will be a limited number of books published, in this case 30. Each book in this first edition will be numbered and signed by the artist.

Planned wraparound cover for Issue #4 (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

Planned wraparound cover for Issue #4 (Monoprint-© 2011 Michael Hill)

With some spot colour still to be added plus a few paragraphs of handwriting, a bit of toning touch-up here and there and a little overprinting that might get overlaid I have spread out the pages in a probable sequence on the floor of the studio to get some sense of how the story flows and whether the juxtaposition of the page-spreads works throughout the issue. So there may still be some alterations to the sequencing in the final edit. I try to see a sense of rhythm in the overall progression of pages.

Pages from Issue 4 in layout spread-© 2015 Michael Hill

Pages from Issue 4 in layout spread-© 2015 Michael Hill

Pages from Issue 4 in layout spread-© 2015 Michael Hill

Pages from Issue 4 in layout spread-© 2015 Michael Hill

The next post should be the post-publication post! For details of the production of all four issues and a continuing visual history record and time-line overview of this project you can read all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports on the following posts:  Issue #1:  No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   Issue #2:  No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   Issue #3:  No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4:  No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44


Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Dr. Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics studies, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Comic Art, and former member of the Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship and the Advisory Committee of the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project, he has delivered public lectures on Comics, Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, Animation, Design and Visual Communication. Having donated his collection of research materials on Australian alternative comics to the National Library of Australia he is now active in the artistic domain, writing, drawing and printmaking, creating art postcards and prints and his own graphic novel Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions of Doctor Comics.

Comments 2

  1. Megumi says on May 13, 2015

    It’s fascinating to see the pages laid out almost like a collage or puzzle, before it all comes together. Can’t wait to see it printed and bound!

  2. Doctor Comics says on August 12, 2015

    Thank you Megumi and apologies for the delay in responding. I actually thought I had done that but now discovered I hadn’t. Yes, the view of the pages spread across the floor from a standing position on the tabletop is very collage-like as you suggest. It doesn’t take in the notion of page-turning and the consequence when reading that you can only see two pages at a time but it does provide an overall feel of the visual content and flow. Anyway, now that you have seen the printed and bound version, how does it seem in hindsight?

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